U.S. Conference of Mayors Discussion on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement : CSPAN : January 23, 2019 9:51pm-10:59pm EST
, glad you are here. >> good afternoon, i am mayor of the great city of mississauga in ontario, canada, the sixth largest city in canada, the third largest in the province of toronto and ottawa. glad to be here today. delayed a.m. flight was were 12:30 p.m., we counting the minutes. i am pleased to join you here today and join in on this important discussion, thank you, mayor faulkner, ambassador and fellow mayors. it is my privilege to represent the federation of canadian municipalities, we call it fcm at home, we join you to bring the perspective of canada's mayors. my colleague spoke to you. if you have met him, you know i .ave very big shoes to fill he spoke about the importance of free trade between our nations, our shared history, and the importance of redefining free-trade between our two countries for the 21st century. last year at this time when he spoke to you, we were still renegotiating what was nafta. it was well over two decades old and in need of some fine tuning, but it set the stage by defining free trade between our three countries. it resulted in our economies being
U.S. Conference of Mayors Discussion on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement : CSPAN : January 26, 2019 2:10pm-3:19pm EST
of you who haven't been to mississauga, it is one of the most, if not the most dynamic community in canada. it is extraordinarily business friendly. the technology sector in mississauga is booming. and any of you who think that some of your businesses would like to expand by making investments in canada, you should look at mississauga. you just get off the plane at pearson airport and you are right there, so that is my little plug. i would like to thank my colleague, the mexican ambassador. and also to you mayor faulkner and mayor garcia, and all of you for being here. during the course of negotiations there were difficult times. there were some bruised egos and some difficult words exchanged on all three sides, and the mayor of niagara falls, new york knows how close canada and the united states have been over the years. i grew up in hamilton. i spent a good amount of time in niagara falls, new york. we are extraordinary close as two countries. i was fortunate to get to know the mexicans much better. the ambassador's pre-to sesser -- predecessor and i got to be quite good friends.
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classifie mississauga cs classified workers. there is an effort in the california state legislature right now to coddy fiin legislation the new law as, you know, created in a way by the supreme court, which is reverse how things are usually done but very welcome. under the abc law it is very unlikely uber and lyft drivers are independent contractors. it will be interesting to see how the whole landscape changes based on this new california decision. i think it will change a lot in terms of what we see in terms of rights workers have and how they are classified in california and i think it is going in the right direction. i want to add that. >> i want to say thank you. this is fascinating. especially i did not know about the public private initiatives where municipalities are subsidizing. i wanted to make a report on it. i am glad you brought that up. the elephant in the room is that for uber definitely and possibly for lyft it is estimated 40% of the cost of each ride is subsidized by venture be capital. they want to keep those going. so far these haven't run out of venture capital
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